Correlational findings

Study Martin & Lichter (1983): study US Michigan 1973

16+ aged, employees, Michigan USA, followed 4 years, 1973-1977
Survey name
US-Quality of Employment Survey (QES) 1992-1977
N = 827
Non Response
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's Label
Past subjective well-being
Our Classification
Assessed at T1 (1973) and T2 (1977)
Self-report on two questions:
a) Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are:
  1: not too happy
  2: pretty happy
  3: very happy
b) In general, how satisfying do you find the ways you're spending your life these days? Would you call it:
  1: not very satisfying
  2: pretty satisfying
  3: very satisfying

Computation: A+B

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-Sum-c-mq-v-7-d Beta = +.38 p < .01 T2 happiness by T1 happiness

Beta controlled for:
- T1-T2 residential moving
O-Sum-c-mq-v-7-d Beta = +.37 p < .01 Beta additionally controlled for:
- T1 income
- T1 age
- T1 education
O-Sum-c-mq-v-7-d Beta = +.39 p < .01 Beta additionally controlled for:
- T1-T2 change in perceived intrinsic job rewards
- T1-T2 change in perceived extrinsic job rewards